SKE21 - Sea Kayak Wild Camp - Ardnamurchan - 21-24 August 2020
We did this trip with a mixed ability group a couple of years ago, and although the weather was a little unkind at first, it just got better and better. Ardnamurchan can be done as a simple day trip out of Kilchoan - but it is much better done as a wild camp starting out from Salen, and then having one camp night on the south side of the peninsula before the point, and then two after, potentially staying at one of the most glorious camp spots at the entrance of the North channel of Moidart, and then returning back to Ardtoe to finish.
This is a new destination for Cumbria Canoeists - so we hope it will be of interest as a new location for a number of our existing paddlers to join us for this extended weekend. Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park is spectacular, with limestone cliffs in the south and volcanic islands and cliffs on its west, interspersed with secluded sandy beaches.
There are lots of sea trips at varying levels of exposure and potential difficulty around this coast. Have a look at Jim Krawiecki & Andy Biggs's Welsh Sea Kayaking - Fifty Great Sea Kayak Voyages - trips 28 - 43 to get some idea of the enormous range - from Tide races in The Bitches, exposed headlands and crossings to the offshore islands or sheltered bays like St Brides or within Milford Haven.
We will convene at 09h00 each morning to explain & plan the day trips utilizing the great beach to launch from. There are lots of opportunities to paddle in this area and we will choose day trips and crossings that are suitable to the experience of the groups. We may divide up if it makes sense to do so. We will have a full day on Saturday and a slightly shorter day on Sunday (finish by 16h00) to allow people to get away on their return journeys.
Our main objectives of the weekend are to bring like minded sea paddlers together, share experiences, have a great social family event and make the contacts necessary for further trips. For those with less experience the weekend is an opportunity for you to be guided safely to coastal areas you may not feel are within your reach or current experience.
This weekend will have some informal coaching and you will be safely guided by experienced and qualified sea kayak leaders who will help you learn new skills.
This Class C event is suitable for paddlers with sea-kayaking experience journeying on the coast in moderate water, including those who are looking to improve their independence to plan and execute coastal trips. If you have doubts whether your capabilities and experience are sufficient please talk to the organiser.
Maximum 12 participants. This event is open to Cumbrian paddlers – or friends of – with an interest in sea kayaking who would like to extend and develop their skills and experience.
Using a specific sea kayak is very important, so if you do not have one please borrow or hire one from a club or commercially. Cumbria Canoeists have three sea kayaks and related kit that are available for a small donation.
Personal paddling equipment, adequate gear, a change of clothes, food and drink for each day’s paddle are essential - Paddler Kit lists are available here.
Responsibility for camping and cooking each day will be left with the participants, but do not hesitate to ask for any further guidance.
Before you can book on any Cumbria Canoeist's event you must have completed a one time Paddler Registration.
Cost: £75 £70 BC members, payable by BACS to “Cumbria Canoeists” Sort Code 01-08-93 A/C# 14482177. Please add your surname and the event reference as the BACS payment reference to make sure we can track payments. You won't be booked on the event unless you pay at the time of booking.
If you are not a member of British Canoeing, we have to arrange membership equivalent liability insurance cover for you for on the water session (applies to all participants and guides) thus the higher price; Alternatively, we would encourage BC adult membership at £45 or £80 for a couple per annum.
Places are allocated on a "payment received" basis and the booking status is indicated at the top of the sea kayak event page.